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Hate Testing Your Funnel? Do This Instead

You already know that the better your funnel converts, the more money you can make. You can spend more on advertising or pay more in affiliate commissions and still make tons of money. The trick, of course, is getting your sales funnel to convert well. And to do that, you need to test… well… everything.

Hate Testing Your Funnel? Do This Instead

You need to test the sales copy that brings someone to your squeeze page, the copy on the page, the look of the page, the title of the freebie you’re giving away, the cover of that freebie, the offer they see when they subscribe, the upsell offer after that (if there is one) and so forth.

You. Must. Test. Everything.

Which is time consuming and costly. Because it could be days or weeks before you even manage to break even, much less start earning a profit – if you ever do at all.

But there is a massive shortcut that some people are taking, and I would be remiss if I didn’t at least tell you about it.

We could debate the ethics on this but we won’t. I leave that up to you. The fact is, people do this sort of thing in every single industry all the time, so it is nothing new. What is new is that the average Joe or Jane marketer doesn’t think to do this.

And if you haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about modeling another marketer’s business. That is, replicating someone else’s sales techniques and processes. You’d be surprised how many people already do this in one form or another.

I’ve even seen marketers take pride when their own funnels have been modeled. And no, it’s not copying. At least, not if it’s done correctly.

The idea isn’t to copy the text or even use the same products. Rather, it’s to model in terms of design, options presented, layout, pricing, number of upsells and downsells and so forth.

Your headlines might be the same color, size and font. But it’s YOUR headline. Your video might be in the same location on the page, but it’s YOUR video. You’re selling your own products, not theirs.

Your sales copy will be different. Your bullet points will be different. Your key benefits and so forth will be different. But things like the layout of sales pages, colors, fonts, and so forth aren’t copyrighted.

Does a green ‘buy now’ button work better than a red one?

Does a centered black headline in Verdana that asks a provocative question do better than a red headline on the right in Tacoma that makes a bold statement?

Does having the opt in box above the fold convert better than having a long list of bullets and the opt in box beneath the fold?

There are 1,001 decisions to be made when creating a new sales funnel. But emulating a funnel that is already proven to work can make the process a whole lot easier. And faster, too.

Big time marketers can literally spend tens of thousands of dollars on traffic to test what converts best. But by emulating their funnels (not copying) you can get a leg up on what’s working.

How do you know which funnels are working the best in your niche? If you’re in the IM field, you can check their stats in JVZoo, Warrior Plus and ClickBank. In other niches, ClickBank can be a reliable indicator, as well as paying attention to which products you see promoted via paid ads time and time again. If they weren’t making sales, they wouldn’t be paying to promote these products.

One last thing… this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still test. Since this is your own funnel with your own copy and your own products, testing will give you a ton of info on how to raise your conversions as much as possible. But by emulating a proven funnel as the foundation to your system, you get to take a massive shortcut that will have you in profit that much faster.

$100 a Day Flipping Insanely Simply Sites

While this isn’t something I’ve tried, I’ve seen others doing it for years so it must be working like gangbusters. You’re likely already aware of the concept of building a full website with sales funnel, sending traffic to it, making sales to show it works and then selling the website as a proven money maker, right? This is something simpler than that.

$100 a Day Flipping Insanely Simply Sites

Frankly, I’m a little surprised this works so well. But I’ve been watching people do this over and over again, so I know it’s working.

They’re building one page websites (one page!!) and selling them at auction for $100 to $300 or more. Sometimes they’re building several of these in a week or even in a day.

Here’s how it works, or at least how I think it works. Mind you, I’ve never done this myself, but you don’t have to be a detective to figure this one out:

First you find a paid service geared towards online marketers. It could be a website offering to write packages of articles, do SEO, build websites or whatever. Ideally you want a service that is extremely reasonable in price, and frankly these aren’t hard to find.

It can be any service that is bought and paid for online, using basic info and contact details. For example, if the service writes packages of 50 articles, the details collected would be the niche for the articles and where to send them when they’re finished.

Let’s say the article writing service offers 3 packages: $35 for 10 articles, $70 for 25 articles and $120 for 50 articles. You would then create your own one page website which might even look quite similar to the original page. Insert three buttons for the three options, but increase the prices to perhaps $55, $100 and $175. The buttons don’t actually link to anything at this point.

Buy a domain name, make the site look professional with a nice layout and good headline and bullet points, and then put it up for sale on Flippa or some place similar. Remember there is no need to show stats, sales, traffic hits, SEO and so forth with these because none of that applies.

Instead, you talk about – and this is the important bit – the potential of the website to make sales. Explain that all the buyer needs to do is make the buttons active to pay into their account, take the payments and customer details, and pass the information on to the real service for fulfillment. They get to keep the difference in price.

The buyers are likely newbies looking for a way to get started online. And the sites most definitely do have the potential to make money if the buyers send the right traffic to them. You don’t reveal the real service until they’ve purchased the site. The site buyer then acts like a middleman, much like Amazon or Walmart on a much smaller scale and earns money from every sale.

You can make multiples of these sites, using basically the same website template and the same copy to sell the site. Choose a different URL each time and sell the sites one at a time on each of the website flipping sites. Do this with one vendor or several, build one website a day or 5 a day or whatever.

This can be a great part time income for not much work, and it can act as a stepping-stone to building complete, proven sales sites that fetch four and five figures, too. Or just stick with these small sites if you’re more comfortable – either way, it’s a nifty idea that can bring in reliable income when you apply it.

Add This Simple Line to Every Email You Send to Earn Thousands in Extra Income

This is truly old school and yet most marketers never do this. In fact, it can add several hundred dollars or more to your bottom line each and every month. And all it takes is a line or two of text in your emails.

Add This Simple Line to Every Email You Send to Earn Thousands in Extra Income

What is it?

The signature line.

Place a simple signature line with a link to an offer as a footer in every one of your emails you send out to your list. This can be to one of your flagship products, such as your coaching program or a high-end course.

Yes, it sounds almost too simple, doesn’t it?

You probably won’t get a lot of clicks on this link for a couple of reasons: They’ve already clicked on the main link higher up in the email. Or your list goes ‘ad blind’ because they keep seeing this same line over and over again.

This is why you want to promote a flagship product with a fairly high price tag. For example, if you have a $500 coaching program and you only get one sale that month from your signature line, that’s still $500 profit. And it’s even more if it’s monthly billing.

You can change the line from time to time to keep it fresh.

Frankly, you don’t need to spend a lot of time on this. Just write your line, add it to your footer and forget about it for a couple of weeks until you change it.

And then see what happens. It could add thousands to your bottom line each year.

Find Your Most Profitable Price in 24 Hours

If you charge $47 for a product, will you make more than if you charge $27? Think about it… It’s not just the price that matters, it’s also the conversion rate.

Find Your Most Profitable Price in 24 Hours

If $27 converts at nearly twice or better the rate of $47, then $27 is a better price point for you. But what if you charge $37? Maybe $37 will turn out to be the winner, but you won’t know unless you test. Plus if you have any cost to fulfillment, such as if you’re providing services, then you will need to factor that in as well.

It gets complicated real fast, doesn’t it?

But years ago I heard about the magic of the ‘100 prospect test’. The theory goes that if you send 100 people to your page, you can assess the results.

Not believing this myself, I tested a squeeze page with 100 visitors and 1,000 visitors. And wouldn’t you know it? The conversion rate on the first 100 was nearly identical to the 1,000. Since then I’ve been testing a lot of things with just 100 people, and that includes pricing.

In the above example, you could send 100 people to the $27 price point, 100 to the $37 and 100 to the $47. You can buy the traffic from a solo ad or Facebook or any method you choose. Just make sure you use the exact same method for all three.

Compare and see which price point is the most profitable. If it’s $27, then you might do another test at $17. And if it’s $47, you might do another test at $67. In 24 hours you can know for a fact – without guessing – which price point will make you the most money.

If you think about a campaign that you run for the next six months, even a small increase in your income can add up to very big money. Which is to say, don’t guess. Instead, test and know for certain. Remember and use the ‘100 prospect test’ on your next campaign.

Why You Should Email Your List Every Day

I’m not sure why I’m still getting pushback on how often to email your list. My answer is daily, or even more often if you’ve got a good reason. But a lot of marketers out there ‘know’ that the ‘rule’ is to email 3 times per week. Except… it’s not.

Why You Should Email Your List Every Day

Picture your favorite sexy movie star, whoever that might be. Imagine that every day that sexy movie star emails you a new picture of themselves – naked.

Would you think they are mailing too often? Doubtful. I’m going to guess you would be eagerly anticipating that next email and opening it with delight.

Disclaimer: Do NOT send your list naked pictures of yourself. That was just to prove the point that if your emails are interesting enough, people will welcome them every day.

If your emails contain tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers or hot stock picks, will they get opened? You bet.

But if your emails are lame, boring or worse, then what happens? People say you’re emailing too often because they aren’t interested in what you’re sending them. Think about how to make your email content more like a hot stock pick or a naked movie star, and less about boring stuff no one cares about. Then you can email as often as you like.

As always, learn to live with unsubscribes because you’re going to get people unsubscribing no matter how frequently or infrequently you mail. Don’t worry about it.

And one more thing… if you’re still skeptical about the value of emailing every day, do this test: Take a look at how much you earned from your list in the last 30 days. Now email daily for the next 30 days and compare totals. You’ll notice a big difference.

Customers buy when they are ready. Thinking you can send one or two emails and get all the potential sales out there is naïve at best. You’ve got to keep reminding them of why they want to buy and do it in a way that makes them want to read your emails.

Tall order, right? But you know your niche and you know what makes them tick and what best grabs their interest. Now use that special insider knowledge and email your list something engaging every single day!

Case Study: Marketer Says ‘NO!’ to $10K/Month in Affiliate Commissions – Does THIS Instead

If you were making $10K a month by simply emailing out affiliate promotions, would you want to stop? One marketer did just that. He was earning a hefty income like clockwork by promoting other marketer’s products when he decided to change his business model.

Case Study: Marketer Says NO! to $10K/Month in Affiliate Commissions - Does THIS Instead

He was no longer a ‘super-affiliate.’ With rare exception he no longer promoted launches. He pulled the affiliate emails out of his autoresponders. He turned his back on being an affiliate and instead concentrated on creating and promoting his own products.

The downside?

→ A significant loss of income for a few months until he was able to ramp up his own product offering.

→ No more review copies of new products.

The upside?

→ No longer promoting products he didn’t 100% believe in. Let’s face it, some products truly don’t deserve to be promoted.

→ No longer receiving a dozen affiliate requests per day.

→ No longer being held hostage to promote a product as payment for someone else promoting his product.

→ No longer arranging his calendar around the latest launches.

→ No more competing to sell the same products everyone else was selling.

→ Feeling good about himself because he could better help his buyers rather than selling them out with the latest gimmick offering.

He continued to email as often as he did before removing affiliate promotions, but now he wrote emails exclusively promoting his own products.

He took time to consider how he could best help his customers and created products accordingly.

He learned to play the game on his own terms and now makes as much money as he did before when he was, as he describes it: “In the pockets of other marketers.”

He’s happier, more focused on helping people, less focused on squeezing every dime out of customers and oddly enough, spending less time working rather than more.

He now has two assistants who handle all customer service issues for him as well as doing some of his work.

He focuses mainly on three things: Product creation, writing emails to promote those products and coaching.

The lesson I took from this story is to reevaluate what I’m doing. Is it making me happy? Or just rich? Is it offering my highest good to my customers? Or is there something I can do to improve my offerings, lessen my workload and be happier, too?

Important questions. Sometimes you might be having a certain amount of success, but aren’t really happy or providing the most value and living from your highest purpose. I think it’s possible to marry the two. How about you?

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